In this section of the GMAT, you will do a very specific kind of writing. Your job will be to comment on a given argument in text. The test is not asking you to form or write about your opinion of the subject matter, but only to analyze the argument made by the author of the text. You will be given one topic and have 30 minutes to complete your analysis.
First, you will need to summarize the point of view of the author, as written in the passage. Then, determine if the points the author makes are valid and well-supported. There may be flaws in the author’s reasoning or points may not be pertinent to the argument. It is up to you to decide and support your comments with solid evidence and clear reasoning.
For a list of sample prompts used in this test, see this resource .
This section of the GMAT contains 12 questions and is timed for 30 minutes. It measures your ability to study data reports, like graphs and charts, and answer questions about the results. You will look at the various sources of data and respond to four types of questions:
Multi-Source Reasoning: combining several data sources to find answers
Graphics Interpretation: analyzing text, charts, and graphs for information
Two-Part Analysis: solving problems that have multiple parts
Table Analysis: organizing information from numerical reports
Our practice questions will all be in multiple choice format and, therefore, cannot provide practice with the different question types. They can, however, give you exposure to the types of reasoning you will need to do in order to be successful on this section of the GMAT.
The GMAT Quantitative section requires you to use mathematical and reasoning skills to answer questions and solve problems. You will not be allowed to use a calculator for this section.
According to the official GMAT website, the math skill level assessed is no higher than that of high school math classes. It will be necessary, however, for you to use these basic skills along with your own reasoning ability to correctly answer the questions. The questions will also ask you to refer to the data given and draw conclusions from it.
Questions in the Quantitative section of the GMAT fall into two types:
- Data sufficiency—You don’t have to actually find a solution to a problem, but you must determine if the information given is enough to find a solution.
- Problem solving—You must actually solve a given problem using math concepts and strategies.
Please note: Our practice questions include both of these types, but we provide four answer choices, in contrast to the five choices you will be given on the actual test.
In this section of the GMAT, your ability to read and understand written English is assessed. You need to use your reasoning ability to form conclusions and to evaluate the content. Also included are questions relating to the correct use of Standard Written English.
There are three question types on this section of the GMAT:
Reading Comprehension—Questions concern a passage of approximately 350 words.
Critical Reasoning—Questions require you to consider information given in an argumentative passage and find the best answer.
Sentence Correction—You must determine if a sentence is correct, as written or if some correction needs to be made for an underlined portion.